Family Friendly Hiking Spots in Fairfield County, CT

7/15/12 - By Katie McKnight

A hard core mountaineer I am not. Nope…I’m more of a leisurely loper, quick to stop for snacks, water breaks, and bathrooms. But that being said, I do love getting out on a trail, and I love getting my kids out there as well, in hopes that they will grow up to be better mountaineers than their mother…

To that end, we will be hitting several manageable hiking trails in and around Fairfield County this summer and fall. Hiking Tip: best to wear long pants tucked into socks or tick spray and to bring water and a snack for when it's time to take a rest. Here’s our list of family friendly trails – hope to see you out there! If you'd like to spread your wings a bit further afield, check out these family friendly hikes in the Hartford area.


Bear Mountain Reservation, Danbury, CT
10 walking trails, ranked “moderate”; approximately 5 miles of trails, open dawn to dusk

19 Bear Mountain Road, Danbury, CT 06811, 203.746.2123

Mianus River Park, Stamford, CT
2.6 mile nature trail with 12 ecological stations located throughout – each with information about the ecology or environment of the area.

Merriebrook Lane, Stamford, CT, 06902, 203.966.4688

Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT
3.5 miles of walking/jogging trails – easy to traverse, open dawn to dusk

677 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT 06840, 203.594.3600

Seth Low Pierrepont State Park, Ridgefield, CT
Just short of 3 miles of trails, rated more challenging (hilly) - leashed dogs welcome, open 8am to sunset

Barlow Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT, 06877, 203.938.2285

Weir Nature Preserve, Wilton, CT
3 miles of moderate trails - shorter trail loops are available as well

Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Saugatuck Valley Trail, Weston, CT
7 miles, rated moderate (terrain rises slightly), open dawn to dusk

Davis Hill Road and Valley Forge Road, Weston, CT 06883

Happy trails!

Photo courtesy of Ally Noel


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